Is anyone still out there? How is everyone? If you don’t follow me on social media (Twitter/Instagram – kristaberg27; FB – Healthy Berg) or haven’t checked in on the blog lately (don’t blame you if you haven’t – there hasn’t been much to see!) then you may or may not know that I recently moved back to Traverse City! Yes, I know – I didn’t last long in Grand Rapids. But what can I say? It wasn’t for me. Don’t get me wrong – I LOVE GR and I loved living in city and am still fascinated with city living (like, REAL city living; Chicago, NYC, etc). I really admire people who can just drop everything and move to places like that and really make it work – but I just can’t do it.
To be honest, I really don’t feel like I embraced everything Grand Rapids has to offer during my time there. Though it wasn’t my first time living there (I was there for 2 years when I was in college), I still feel like there was SO much to do/see that I didn’t take advantage of. Part of that was my lack of a solid social group, and part of that was because my mind was already focused on getting back up north and therefore all efforts to really get to know the city kind of became non-existent.
The final thing that drove me back up north was the whole house thing. For some reason, shortly after I moved into my very awesome – but very EXPENSIVE – downtown apartment, I suddenly got tired of paying so much for rent with nothing to show for it. I did the math and calculated that by the time my lease would be up, I would have spent close to $40,000 in rent over a three year time period. That is INSANE! If I had spent all that on a house and decided to sell, even if I just broke even – heck, even if LOST $10K – that would be better than throwing all that money away on rent.
Alas, the timing and my financial situation had just not been right yet for me to buy a home…until NOW. I just could not see myself in GR long term, not with my family and friends being so far away. The decision was a no brainer for me, and my time in Grand Rapids did exactly what I wanted it to: it gave me clarity and helped me get my priorities straight and decide where in the heck I am supposed to be. Ultimately, I can’t move around all over the place and change all these different things in my life trying to find happiness and self security – the answer is never that complicated.
So, here I am, back in my hometown, and content with it. I’m happy to be back at my old pharmacy (for those that are wondering – the girl who took my place just recently moved to Wisconsin so I was able to get my old job back; talk about being meant to be!) and I’m happy to be surrounded by familiar faces again. I’m currently living with my parents, which is going better than expected given the circumstances. It’s always hard being back at home after living on your own for 3 years, but the whole no rent thing is quite an incentive to keep my mouth shut about the inconvenience of giving up my own space and sharing a tiny bedroom with my cat.
As to be expected with a new build, there have been some minor set backs and delays and my house, which was originally supposed to be done by now, is not going to be done until the 3rd or 4th week of August. It won’t be too much longer now though! The whole process has been more stressful and frustrating than I ever thought it would be, but I know it will be worth it in the end.
me on the back deck of my house!
For those of you that don’t follow me on YouTube (username = UrbanImpulse), I have uploaded quite a few apartment/moving related videos over the last couple months, including an apartment tour of my downtown Grand Rapids apartment, a moving day vlog, and a tour of my parents’ place where I’m staying. Here’s a link to my channel where you can check them all out: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCko19ON9dlDDVwkrtNUi3XA/videos
I know I’ve said this a hundred times, but THANK YOU to everyone that still stops by over here every so often and continues to support me and follow along with everything that’s happened in my life over the past 5+ years. It really means so, so much to me. I can’t make any promises as to how often I’ll be posting, whether it be on my blog or my YouTube channel, but I hope that you’ll continue to stick around!